Carpentry See also carpentry items in other sections: Carpentry Steel Framing, Cabinets, Ceilings, Closet Door Systems, Countertops, Cupolas, Doors, Entrances, Flooring, Framing Connectors, Hardboard, Hardware, Lumber, Molding, Paneling, Shutters, Siding, Skylights, Soffits, Stairs, Thresholds, and Weatherstripping.
Carpentry Rule of Thumb Typical rough carpentry (framing) cost per square foot of floor in living area. These figures will apply on many residential jobs where joists, studs and rafters are 16” on center. Unconventional designs and complex framing plans will cost more. See detailed cost breakdowns in the next section.
Craft@Hrs Unit Material Labor Total
Using framing lumber at — MBF 635.00 — 635.00
Using 1/2" OSB sheathing at — MSF 470.00 — 470.00
Using 7/16" OSB sheathing at — MSF 345.00 — 345.00
Using 5/8" OSB sheathing at — MSF 487.00 — 487.00
Using 1/2" CDX sheathing at — MSF 631.00 — 631.00
Using 5/8" CDX sheathing at — MSF 768.00 — 768.00
Single story, conventional foundation [view picture] B1@.237 SF 4.94 7.90 12.84
Single story, concrete slab foundation B1@.180 SF 3.35 6.00 9.35
First of two floors, conventional foundation B1@.203 SF 3.86 6.77 10.63
First of two floors, concrete slab foundation B1@.146 SF 2.27 4.87 7.14
Second floor of a two-story residence B1@.191 SF 3.91 6.37 10.28
Add for plywood sheathing — % 9.6 — —
Framing a single story residence, conventional crawl-space foundation
  Sills, pier blocks, floor beams (145 BF per 1,000 SF) B1@.018 SF .09 .60 .69
  Floor joists, doublers, blocking, bridging (1,480 BF per 1,000 SF) B1@.028 SF .94 .93 1.87
  Subflooring, 5/8" OSB (1,150 SF per 1,000 SF) B1@.011 SF .56 .37 .93
  Layout, studs, sole plates, top plates, header and end joists, backing, blocking, bracing and framing for openings (2,250 BF per 1,000 SF) B1@.093 SF 1.43 3.10 4.53
  Ceiling joists, header and end joists, backing, blocking and bracing (1,060 BF per 1,000 SF) B1@.045 SF .67 1.50 2.17
  Rafters, braces, collar beams, ridge boards, 2" x 8" rafters 16" OC, (1,340 BF per 1000 SF) B1@.032 SF .85 1.07 1.92
  Roof sheathing, 7/16" OSB (1,150 SF per 1,000 SF) B1@.010 SF .40 .33 .73
Total framing, single story, conventional foundation B1@.237 SF 4.94 7.90 12.84
Add for plywood sheathing — % 13.2 — —
Framing a single story residence, concrete slab foundation
  Layout, sole plates, anchors, studs, top plates, header and end joists, backing, blocking, bracing and framing for openings (2,250 BF per 1,000 SF) B1@.093 SF 1.43 3.10 4.53
  Ceiling joists, header and end joists, backing, blocking and bracing (1,060 BF per 1,000 SF) B1@.045 SF .67 1.50 2.17
  Rafters, braces, collar beams, ridge boards, 2" x 8" rafters 16" OC, (1,340 BF per 1,000 SF) B1@.032 SF .85 1.07 1.92
  Roof sheathing, 7/16" OSB (1,150 SF per 1,000 SF) B1@.010 SF .40 .33 .73
Total framing, single story, concrete slab foundation B1@.180 SF 3.35 6.00 9.35
Add for plywood sheathing — % 9.8 — —

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